Crews search for a missing swimmer off the Jersey Shore of Wildwood; 3 others rescued


WILDWOOD, New Jersey (WPVI) – Emergency crews are still searching for a missing swimmer in the Atlantic Ocean off Wildwood, New Jersey.

Chopper 6 was above the stage just south of the Wildwoods Convention Center near Andrews Avenue beach.

The call came in around 4 p.m. Tuesday for swimmers in distress.

According to Wildwood Fire Chief Ernie Troiano, one swimmer survived and two others were rescued.

The search continues for a fourth swimmer whom authorities have identified as a male. Authorities say it is now a recovery mission.

“When we brought them in, we were informed that another individual was missing and we got a description of the man. We launched an aggressive rescue operation,” Troiano said.

The operation included US Coast Guard boats and a helicopter, along with local marine units and a sonar boat.

The view from Chopper 6 showed rescue teams forming a human chain to search for the missing man.

At one point we saw rescue teams form a human chain and walk through the water.

Troiano says he was able to speak with one of the men who was rescued.

“It looked like they were trying to swim back, maybe they got caught in a rip (current). Instead of going parallel to the beach and letting it spit you out and then come back, they would have maybe tried to fight her and they were defeated,” Troiano said.

The missing swimmer has not been identified.

Troiano would like to remind everyone that the beaches are not fully supervised at this stage of the season. He says you should never swim without a lifeguard present. Nor should you ever be as far as these men were.

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